Dengue fever: How serious is it?

What do you need to know about Dengue? Homecare for Dengue Dengue Control Prevent Dengue during Pregnancy Dengue fever is a viral infection that is spread by mosquitoes. It is a big health issue in tropical and subtropical parts of the world like Africa, Asia and South America. Statistics show that around 100 million cases occur each year. What is the cause of dengue fever? There are 4 kinds of dengue viruses which can cause the infection. These viruses are spread by Aedes mosquitoes which thrive in and near human housings. When a mosquito bites a person who is suffering from dengue infection, the virus enters the mosquito. When this infected mosquito bites another person, the virus gets transferred to that person and leads to infection. Dengue does not spread directly from one person to another. After the person recovers from the infection, they may have immunity to one type of virus that caused the infection but not to other types of dengue viruses. The risk of developing a severe dengue fever which is known as dengue hemorrhagic fever increases if the infection happens second or the third time. What are the symptoms of Dengue fever? Many people may not experience any signs and symptoms during a mild case of dengue fever. When symptoms do occur, they generally appear 4 to 7 days after you are infected by the dengue virus and last for up to 10 days. Dengue causes sudden high fever – up to 104 F – along with other symptoms like: Body pain Headache Pain behind the eyes Nausea Vomiting Swollen glands Rash People usually recover...